St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

Rules & regulations


All games will be played under the FIFA Laws of the Game, except the changes to the substitution rules.



USYS teams from outside of the state of Missouri must file travel permission forms with their State Associations. Your state’s medical release forms, player cards, a completed Tournament Roster and state-approved rosters must be presented at registration. Foreign teams will also need to submit extra paperwork to attend. Please contact us for details. Teams may carry a roster of no more than 12 for U8-U10 7v7 and no more than 16 for U11 & U12 playing 9v9 and 22 for U13-U19 11v11. No more than 18 can dress for each game for 11v11 teams.  No roster changes will be permitted after a team roster has been approved at tournament registration. All teams must be currently registered with their State, National or Provincial Association. Up to 3 guest players may be added to a team. Each player must have a valid US Club/USYS ID card. The minimum number of games is three (3). No player may play on more than one team in the Tournament.



 Age Division  Game Time Ball Size
U19  (2) 40 Minute Halves  5
U17  (2) 40 Minute Halves  5
U16  (2) 40 Minute Halves  5
U15  (2) 35 Minute Halves  5
U14  (2) 35 Minute Halves  5
U13  (2) 35 Minute Halves  5
U12 9v9  (2) 30 Minute Halves  4
U11 9v9  (2) 30 Minute Halves  4
U10 7v7  (2) 25 Minute Halves  4
U9 7v7  (2) 25 Minute Halves  4

There will be trophies and medals for Champs and medals for finalists in all U9-U15 age groups.


Each player must wear shin guards and an official uniform with a number on the back. Home team should wear their lighter color Jersey.   Visiting team should wear darker color.  Home team is listed first. Where uniform color is similar, the team in violation will change colors.  Home team will provide the game ball if the tournament does not.



A referee’s coin toss will determine direction and which team starts with the ball.



Unlimited substitution is allowed for all Divisions. Substitutions will be in accordance with USSF rules. Players can sub on the other team’s possession throw in IF the team in possession have a player up as a substitute as well.



Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible for the team’s next game. No substitution will be permitted for an ejected player. Anyone fighting can be subjected to ejection from further tournament participation. Passes will be retained by the tournament and will be returned to the coach of the team after the player has sat out their suspension.



A minimum of seven players constitutes a team. A ten (10) minute grace period will be extended beyond the kickoff time before a forfeit will be declared. The Tournament Directors will make the final decision if a forfeit shall be allowed depending upon extenuating circumstances that may have prevented a team from making the game on time. If a forfeit is determined, the winning team shall be awarded a score of 4-0 and will receive the points for that score.



Any protest must be presented in writing to the tournament headquarters within one (1) hour of the completion of the game, and must be accompanied with a $100 bond. This bond will only be returned if the protest is upheld. Referee judgment calls will not be a basis for protests.



Three (3) Points will be awarded for a win
One (1) point will be awarded for a tie
Zero (0) points will be awarded for a loss

In the event of a tie in total point standings, the following sequence will be used:

    1. Head to head competition between the teams that are tied
    2. Best Goal difference for all games – up to Four (4) per game
    3. Fewest Goals Allowed
    4. Most Goals Scored up to 4 per game.
    5. Penalty Kick Shootout – Five (5) players per team; if still tied, sudden victory penalty kick shootout


(In case of 3 way tie we will go through tie breakers until we have a winner, the process does not eliminate a team and then restart the tie breaker list)


US Soccer Heading Mandate

In accordance with US Soccer’s recommendation on specific rule changes to heading, will eliminate heading for players age 10 and under. Please note that U11 is listed in the US Soccer concussion initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old during the season. Therefore, because of the concerns for the safety of younger players, beyond the limitations of the laws of the game, our Tournament will follow the mandate and not allow players U11 and under to head the ball. This infraction will result in an indirect free kick.


When a player deliberately heads a ball during the game, an indirect free kick should be awards to the opposing team from the spot of the infraction. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal box, the indirect free kick should be taken from the spot of infringement as well. If the infringement takes place within the 6 yard box, the ball will be placed on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, play should continue.


Build Out Line

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper and received by his team mate, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.


If the event is canceled entirely because of weather, St. Louis Scott Gallagher will refund a percentage of the application fee. 80% would be returned if the entire event is canceled.  Other refunds will depend on the circumstances of the weekend.


No pets are allowed at any facilities during this event.